Companies Take Charge

More electric vehicles are zipping down Madison roads than ever – and local companies are helping to drive the surge. See why area employers are making EV charging stations an important part of their business plans.

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  1. Rich said:

    How are the charging stations metered?

    at 2:35 pm on December 3, 2015
  2. Howard Czoschke said:

    What is the cost for a standard station (both one and two unit)? Does MG&E rent, lease or sell the units? I assume that a local electric contractor runs the feed to the charging unit and the units are 220 volt, 30 amp.

    at 2:36 pm on December 3, 2015
  3. Carol Brader said:

    It certainly seems like the answer to cleaner air. But the downside for me is
    that I’m an anxious person and would I be always worried that my electricity
    would be used up? I’m sure one can get used to it.

    at 3:42 pm on December 3, 2015
  4. Ron Konkol said:

    Glad to see MG&E encouraging this alternative energy for cars, especially commuters.

    at 3:45 pm on December 3, 2015
  5. Val Schend said:

    Range anxiety has been one of my hesitations for going electric. How well does “Who gets to use it?” work in the real world?

    at 4:01 pm on December 3, 2015
  6. Tom Wallace said: up in my book for American Family Insurance!!

    Bizarre though that the Federal Government won’t put them in for their employees…you’d think this would be a priority.

    at 5:17 pm on December 3, 2015
  7. Helena Tsotsis said:

    Very neat ideas! It is nice to see MGE leading the way on helping companies encourage and support their employees in reducing the use of fossil fuels. I think the issues of who gets to use the stations is a difficult one to solve,however.

    at 7:37 pm on December 3, 2015
  8. Fernando said:

    Workplace chargers make a lot of sense. People don’t realize how CHEAP it is to charge and EV. Even from “zero” you can charge a Chevy Volt at MG&E rates for well under $2.00 and go 40 miles. With the Volt I actually have GREATER range than with a regular gas car. The best part of driving the Volt for me was not the “environmental benefits”. No. It was just plain fun. So much so that now that I am over “range anxiety” I have purchased a 100% electric. (For those that are worried about range, I recommend starting with a plug-in hybrid, they will discover that range is a non-issue on their own, especially as more stations become available).

    at 7:40 pm on December 3, 2015
  9. Katie said:

    I see these at Kohls and Walgreens. i hope this catches on to more people and companies.

    at 10:05 pm on December 3, 2015
  10. Jolie Graf said:

    Electric cars are a great environmental and ecological solution to our heavy dependence on gas-fueled automobiles. Gas is not an everlasting resource.

    at 10:33 pm on December 3, 2015
  11. kathy Engebretsen said:

    How about adding a list of local companies who have installed chargers, so that they can get some positive publicity?

    at 8:26 am on December 4, 2015
  12. Jackie C said:

    I encourage this from landlords & businesses. But don’t forget, unless that electricity is coming 100% from renewable resources, you are just replacing one environment polluting fuel source (gas in autos) for another (coal/nat gas at power plant).

    at 9:42 am on December 5, 2015
  13. Aleksandr Kladnitsky said:

    Great to hear more charging stations are going up around town. I do wish the price for electricity was closer to what one pays when charging at home. Currently it is 2 dollars per hour or 1 dollar per hour if you fill out certain paperwork ahead of time. At that rate it costs me at least 4 dollars to charge 40 miles of electricity in my volt which is a lot more than charging at home and is more than gasoline. Also, if you don’t do the paperwork it is 8 dollars for 40 miles which is a lot. I understand why MGE needs to charge – it is expensive to get the stations out there.

    at 6:17 pm on December 6, 2015
  14. Jackie C said:

    Great idea; love it!

    at 9:25 pm on January 29, 2016

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